“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
― Dr. Seuss
We are no longer limited to the ceremonies of old. In this new and progressive Ireland couples of any gender can choose a civil ceremony which gives them full control of the shaping of their happy day.
Vow renewals are a redeclaration of your committed love and a celebration of your married life together. Whether it be one year or fifty years after your original vows the choice is yours.
“For you see, each day I love you more, today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.”
― Rosemond Gerard
“If I am thinking correctly,” said Pooh,
“A new baby is probably, undoubtedly the grandest gift that could ever be”.
A baby naming ceremony is the secular equivalent of a christening. It is simply a chance to formally introduce your new arrival to all those who are near and dear to you.
I work with both the bereaved and occasionally those pre-planning their own funeral, endeavouring to create a fitting, beautiful and meaningful ceremony celebrating a life lived no matter how long or short that was.
“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
My mam died in November. She had said to me she didn’t want to go to the church. We had her wake in my house. My brothers and I felt we needed someone to put a structure around a ceremony to facilitate us to say goodbye to our mam. I was recommended Caroline by a friend and from our first conversation by phone I felt she was the person to help us. Caroline came to my home to get a history of mam’s life and to decide on suitable poems family members might like to read. Everyone who came to the house and graveside said how dignified the ceremony and the celebrant was.
Caroline was the key to making our day so special. She took the time to get to know David & I while keeping in touch through the whole planning process. We really didn’t know what type of ceremony we wanted, and Caroline suggested the perfect structure for the day. She helped keep us both calm on the day and was a complete star throughout.
The ceremony she delivered was so personal that our guests thought we’d known her for years. Our favorite part of the day was how personal and true our ceremony was, and this was 100% thanks to Caroline. We would recommend her to anyone without hesitation!
Christine & David
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